Self-Care and The Solopreneur, by Andrienne Kennedy
The term self-care seems to have appeared from thin air and has easily become one of the buzzwords of 2018. But what really is self-care? Well, that depends on who you ask.
To one person the answer will be getting a mani and pedi, and to another person it may be something like going to Starbucks for a tall iced coffee.
Dictionary.com defines self-care as “care of the self without medical or other professional consultation.”
Self-care is whatever a person decides they want it to be. These are the things that make them feel good. This is the way that they show themselves some much needed love. Have you considered the idea of mental self-care?
As an entrepreneur, who is new in business, I must tell you how important it is to take some time out and care for your mind.
This laptop lifestyle can at times, be lonely, and in many cases, we are faced with decisions and situations that leave us doubting ourselves and our businesses all together.
Add on top of that all the external stressors outside of your business. That is why taking time out for some mental self-care is so very important.
Below are a few tips on how to get started with a mental self-care routine.
1. Know that your peace of mind and mental health are important.
2. Schedule some time in between the conference calls, podcasts, and website building with yourself so that you can do a “check in”. This check-in can be a 10 min pow-wow that you have with yourself to assess all that is going on with you and your business.
3. Stop. Take some time to stop what you are doing and engage in an activity that you enjoy. Let’s look for things that are low or no cost. This can be reading a book or taking some time to get a few minutes outdoors. This time away from your business will allow you to clear your mind, so that when you get back to work, you will be fresh and ready to go with new ideas.
4. Analyze your inner circle. Does your inner circle constantly complain, or shoot down your ideas and dreams for your business? If your answer is yes, then maybe it is worth looking at ways you can establish boundaries in those relationships.
5. Consume positive material. This could be daily affirmations, podcasts, or inspirational books. The goal here is to bombard your brain with positive messages.
It takes a certain kind of person to make the brave decision to go solo.
But to get the job done, you must take care of your mind.
Nothing is going to happen if your mind is not right.
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